According to the 2016 American Community Survey, four million veterans have a service-related disability. Because of mobility and anxiety issues associated with a disability, finding employment after retiring from military service is hard for them.
Of course, veterans can always claim their benefits. In Utah, for example, there are programs that offer assistance with acquiring benefits for disabled veterans. But, because of current economic conditions, sometimes these benefits aren’t enough. That’s why veterans with a disability need jobs that can cater to them, like the following:
Since mobility isn’t a huge requirement for accountants and bookkeepers, veterans who are bound to wheelchairs would fit right into these positions.
A career counselor helps analyze employment options. Because this job doesn’t require traveling to different locations, it’s perfect for veterans with mobility issues. It also helps that the veterans themselves have had experience with employment issues, so they can empathize with potential clients.
Statisticians analyze data and draw conclusions from it. This alone is perfect for those who had military training. The mind is constantly at work. So, the focus isn’t on what they can no longer do, but on what they can still do.
Veterans with a disability can teach other people with disabilities. As a special education teacher, they can help children learn more than general school topics like Science and Mathematics – they can teach children essential life skills, as well.
Computer Systems Analyst
This job requires the review of computer systems and protocols. This helps management run their organization better. And because this is a job that involves computers, mobility isn’t going to be a big issue.
Other jobs include customer service representative, management consultant, or any work-from-home posts. Some of these occupations require a training certificate or a diploma, but some employers may be willing to make concessions for seniors.
What’s important to keep in mind is that veterans who have been injured in the line of duty, despite their disabilities, are still more than capable and willing to do the jobs that fully-able-bodied people do.